Guest Speaker: Lecture by Mr. Richard Rothstein, Author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

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Monday, October 15, 2018

11:50 AM

2:00 PM

Classroom 5052

Mr. Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley), will speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. about his critically acclaimed book "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America."

"The Color of Law" uniquely documents how a series of local, state, and federal government policies and programs interacted to create a powerful system of residential segregation in every metropolitan area throughout the United States.  From subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, to tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation, government policies and programs played a critically role in creating residential racial segregation.  The lingering effects of those policies and programs influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and elsewhere. Yet the history is often obscured or forgotten. "The Color of Law" masterfully pieces the history together, demonstrating an undeniable link between government action and residential segregation


"The Color of Law" is receiving high praise from scholars and critics. William Julius Wilson described it as "one of those rare books that will be discussed and debated for many decades."  New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall noted that the Color of Law is a "masterful explication of the single most vexing problem facing black America: the concentration of the poor and middle class into segregated neighborhoods."  


Co-sponsored by UNC School of Law Clinical Programs, UNC School of Education and North Carolina Central University, this event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture . Food will be provided.  

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